UNDP and the Global Fund partnership

UNDP and the Global Fund partnership

As a Co-sponsor of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and a member of the UNAIDS delegation to the Global Fund Board, UNDP engages with the Global Fund on important substantive policy and programmatic issues. In line with its core mandate UNDP promotes the incorporation of good governance, human rights and gender initiatives into Global Fund grants and programming. UNDP also ensures that financing reaches key populations affected by HIV such as sex workers, men who have sex with men and people who use drugs. UNDP promotes alignment of grants with national development plans and poverty reduction strategies; and contributes to the further enhancement of the country-level governance of Global Fund programs that adhere to principles of national ownership and aid effectiveness. UNDP has also been instrumental in supporting the Global Fund in shaping its policy and practice on human rights for better health outcomes, as well as supporting the Fund in shaping its strategies on Gender Equality and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, and by serving as a Permanent Observer on the Global Fund Human Rights Reference Group.

UNDP also functions as a Global Fund grant interim Principal Recipient (PR) supporting the delivery of HIV, TB and malaria programmes in countries facing exceptionally difficult circumstances and also supporting multi-country program grants. Read more on the work and role of UNDP on our Home Page and  About Us as well as Our Results.

Through the role of interim PR and other functions UNDP works to strengthen national systems for health by providing guidance and facilitating initiatives that:

  • Increase the participation of communities and people, particularly those infected and directly affected by the three diseases, in the development of proposals
  • Support public health interventions that address social and gender inequalities, as well as behaviour practices that fuel the spread of the three diseases; and
  • Eliminate stigmatization of, and discrimination against, those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, especially for women, children and vulnerable groups.

UNDP also supports Global Fund multi-country grants with a focus on Key Populations:

The Multi-Country South Asia Global Fund HIV Programme (Phase 2) - The overall goal of the Program is to reduce the impact of, and vulnerability to, HIV of men who have sex with men (MSM), hijras and transgender people through Community Systems Strengthening (CSS). The United Nations Development Programme Bangkok Regional Hub (UNDP BRH) serves the role of interim Principal Recipient. Participant countries include: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka). Some of the key achievements of this programme include:

  • Five national HIV and the law dialogues
  • A joint action plan to promote and protect human rights in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Recognition of Hijra/transgender people as a ‘third gender’ by the Bangladeshi government
  • Efforts made to integrate a STI and sexual health services for MSM and transgender people the training package into national curricula in each of the 5 countries
  • Service provision in Afghanistan and Pakistan has reached over 40,000 MSM and transgender people
  • Six national Monitoring and Evaluation System Strengthening workshops were convened to review national reporting on MSM and transgender people; and inclusion of MSM and transgender groups in the IBBS and National HIV Strategic Plan in Pakistan
  • Bhutan formed its first MSM and transgender community group; and foundation was laid to include MSM and transgender in future IBBS assessments
  • Over 60 community based organizations have directly benefited from the community systems strengthening and advocacy capacity building efforts

The Kenya AIDS NGOs Consortium (KANCO) – The programme aims to increase access to HIV and harm reduction services for people who inject drugs in Eastern Africa. The grant duration is October 2015 – September 2018, and participant countries include: Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, United Republic of Tanzania - Mainland, Mauritius, Seychelles, Uganda and United Republic of Tanzania – Zanzibar.

Humanist Institute for Cooperation (HIVOS) – KP REACH - Key Population Representation, Evidence and Advocacy for Change in Health. The program aims to reduce HIV and HIV-related deaths among key populations in Southern African through improved access by KPs to HIV prevention, testing and treatment services. The grant duration is January 2016__ – 2018, and participant countries include Malawi, Swaziland, Lesotho, South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana.

Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Organization (OCAL) – The overall aim of the program is to promote and implement a local and concerted cross-border response in the corridor with zero new infections, zero AIDS-related deaths and zero discrimination and with no obstacles to the free movement of people and goods. The grant duration is July 2015 – June 2018 and participant countries include Abidjan, Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire Togo, Benin and Nigeria.

Africa regional grant The program objectives are to strengthen evidence-based legal reform; strengthen access to justice and enforcement of supportive laws; Improve regional and national mechanisms to prevent and address human rights violations; Strengthen the capacity of regional NGOs to take on PR roles. The grant duration is January 2016 – September 2018 and participant countries include Botswana, Cote D’Ivoire, Kenya, Malawi, Senegal and Seychelles.

In the countries where UNDP is not an interim Principal Recipient or currently involved, UNDP is available upon request to work with countries to advise and support programmes in the area of good governance, key populations, human rights and gender.